It certainly didn’t start the way we all had hoped, but Kentucky leads Texas A&M 46-34 at half.
All of the errors the Cats made in the loss to Alabama carried over in the first five minutes of the game, allowing the Aggies to jump out to a 10-0 lead. While most of the starters struggled, the bench stepped up, with Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery, and Immanuel Quickley coming in to score 13 of Kentucky’s first 17 points.
From there, the Cats found their footing, with Tyler Herro hitting a pair of threes and Ashton Hagans making Texas A&M pay in transition. Jemarl Baker turned in the rare four-point play towards the end of the half and drew kudos from John Calipari in his halftime interview for passing, a concept Cal still believes is lost on some of his teammates. Perimeter defense is still atrocious, with Kentucky allowing Texas A&M, the worst three-point shooting team in the league, to hit 4-8 from the outside.
More good, less bad in the second half, please.